In rural 1800s England, things go bad for a young matchmaker after she finds a man for another woman. Emma is considered by many to be Austen's finest novel. The book has been adapted countless times to stage, film, and television.
Public Domain (P)2012 Trout Lake Media
I love Jane Austen and have listened to others that were very good. Jane Leclercq is ok, definitely not my favorite.
There are so very many mistakes here it ruined the listening experience. The amount of line re-readings alone makes this a terrible performance. It is not the narrators fault these weren't edited out, but I wish I would have purchased a more expensive version so I could have actually enjoyed it.
The narrator uses exactly the same voice for every character. Even though I have read this book many times, it made it difficult to follow.
This is an excellent audible reading of Emma, however in some instances it wasn't edited and the same phrase is repeated several times. The narrator is easy to listen to and I enjoyed this book.
Better reader, actually editing it. There were many, many repeated lines and the reading was so rushed that it made me anxious while I listened, not just through parts but the whole book.
The story was typical Jane Austen, who's other books I have thoroughly enjoyed. I don't think it was the story but the presentation. I'm going to look for another recording.
Definitely not. I have written down her name so that I don't make that mistake again. I am usually a very easy person to please but listening to this book was so painful that I want to warn others.
This is one of my favorite Jane Austen novels, but I almost can't stand to listen to this version. The narrator's voice is annoying, she uses the same voice for all of the characters, and the recording is not edited at all, so you will often hear the narrator reading then re-reading the same passage, as if she thought her mistake would be edited out, but it never was. Very poor quality -- I thought Audible had some standards, but perhaps I'm mistaken in that.
The story was great, but I was annoyed by the repeating of sentences and words throughout. Especially in the second volume where one sentence was repeated 3 times. There was also a long pause in the same volume where you actually heard the page turn. Overall it was not edited well.
It was as if the production team stopped editing after the first volume. You can hear pages turning and the multiple takes by the performer. This was a very strange production.
This really needed some editing, the narrator would often repeat lines, at one point she tried a line 3 times then went blah and tried again. At one point the turning of pages was audible, and she would call Mr. Elton Mr. Elliott instead.
Great story, but it seems like they didn't bother to edit the narration. The reader restarts sentences often enough to be disruptive to the flow. Otherwise, it's fine.
This edition of Emma is the worst audiobook I've purchased. It's abysmally edited, with so many repetitions of phrases I lost count, sometimes three or more in a row. Additionally, Jane Leclercq repeatedly mistakenly called Mr Elton Mr Elliott, which made me wonder if she forgot she was reading Emma and thought she was reading Persuasion.
Molly Nash Larson
Yes, I would try another by the author but probably not by the narrator.
The realization that Emma loved Mr. Knightly and that he loved her!
Be kindly and non-judgmental.
"poor story narrated in upspeak"
hundreds of years ago this might have been one of the better stories printed. that doesn't mean it meets the mark today. if you don't have an innate curiosity in relationships then you'll find this book very dull.
narrator got on my nerves too.
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